Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $499,881)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program, administered by the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP's) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), furthers the Department's mission by assisting state and local jurisdictions in improving the criminal justice system and assisting communities in preventing drug abuse and crime. In fiscal year 2007, the Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program will focus on funding local, regional, and national efforts within six major categories: 1) targeting violent crime; 2) preventing crime and drug abuse; 3) enhancing local law enforcement; 4) enhancing local courts; 5) enhancing local corrections and offender reentry; and 6) facilitating justice information sharing. All categories combat, address, or otherwise respond to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime.
The College of William and Mary School of Law will implement the Center for Legal and Court Technology (CLCT), previously named the Courtroom 21. The CLCT will work to improve the administration of justice through the use of appropriate technology. CLCT will continue its current activities in support of the courts, and address a number of specific initiatives aimed at enhancing local courts. Those initiatives include enhancement of CLCT's web-based training for judges and lawyers, preparation of instruction in electronic data seizures, training prosecutors in technology-augmented trial practice, and development of CLCT's ability to provide technology support to local courts.